Tuesday 25 October 2016

Fantastic Four: Rentals to die for

Vibrant villas

Nicola Brady

Published 08/09/2015 | 06:52

Airbnb Rome Villa
Airbnb Rome Villa
Thai Villa
LA hideaway
Primrose Hill, London

Nicola Brady has a selection of villas in London, Ko Samui, Los Angeles and Rome that are out of this world.

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Villa in Rome

Where: Rome, Italy

Why: There's no doubt that Rome is an incredible city, but the pace can be relentless. Get the best of both worlds with this Airbnb villa, located just 8km from the centre of town. Dating back to the First Century, this fully restored house sleeps up to 14, in rooms that are elegant, airy, and with more than a hint of the Renaissance about them. There are seven fireplaces, three kitchens and great outdoor space, too, with beautiful gardens.

How: Nightly rates from €1,600, with a three-night minimum. Fly to Rome with Aer Lingus (aerlingus.com).

See: airbnb.ie/rooms/75474

LA Hideaway


Where: Venice, Los Angeles

Why: If you really want to live like an LA celeb, you need to think beyond Hollywood. All of the real creative souls are out in Venice, the hipster district filled with rollerbladers and beach bunnies. Available through onefinestay, McKinley Avenue is made up of four 'pods' connected by walkways. It has a natural pool, chic outdoor dining patio and even its own plush cinema.

How: Nightly rates start at €2,444, with a seven-night minimum (sleeps 10). Fly direct to LA with Ethiopian Airlines (ethiopianairlines.com)

See: onefinestay.com/ los-angeles/mckinley-avenue

Thai Villa


Where: Ko Samui, Thailand

Why: You can live out all your island fantasies in this jaw-dropping Thai villa. With amazing views out over the tropical waters, this spacious lodge has four large bedrooms spread around the infinity pool, as well as Jacuzzis and an impressive sun terrace. All the rooms overlook the sea, as does the Buddha Lounge and Sunset Bar, which is on the top floor. There's daily cleaning included, too.

How: Nightly rates from €275, with four-night minimum (sleeps 10). Fly to Ko Samui with Etihad (etihad.com) via Abu Dhabi and Bangkok

See: airbnb.ie/rooms/32781

Primrose Hill


Where: London

Why: Looking like it's leapt straight from the pages of a glossy magazine, this apartment is a dream for anyone who's ever lusted after a life with the Primrose Hill set. This uber-stylish flat is right in the heart of the action, among the local florists and cafés. It's no surprise that the owner is an interiors photographer - vintage touches and reclaimed wood abound.

How: Nightly rates from €301, with a three-night minimum (sleeps 4). Fly to London with Cityjet (cityjet.com)

See: onefinestay.com/london/king-henrys-road-4

NB: Prices subject to change

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